Mass State Senate Passes Bill to Fill Kennedy’s Seat

September 22, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Massachusetts state Senate passed a special bill today to provide for a temporary appointment to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat. This bill paves the way for Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint a Democrat to the seat, restoring the Democrats to 60 seats.

Gov. Patrick is not going to waste any time making the appointment, as the critical health care reform bill makes its way to the Senate. He is expected to tap former Gov. Mike Dukakis and the 1988 Democratic nominee for president, to fill the seat on a temporary basis, until a special election is held in January.

The special appointment bill is controversial, as the appointment process was changed to that of a special election, when Mitt Romney, a Republican was in office to ensure a Republican was not appointed. Now with Kennedy’s death and a Democratic governor at the helm, the law was changed back to permit a gubernatorial appointment.

Kennedy asked for the change before his death, so that a critical Democratic vote would be available to vote to pass health care reform, which has been a life-long goal of the deceased Senator.



2 Responses to “Mass State Senate Passes Bill to Fill Kennedy’s Seat”

  1. Dukakis Out and Paul Kirk In, to Fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat, Say Sources | ChattahBox News Blog on September 23rd, 2009 7:00 pm

    […] Patrick to replace Kennedy’s Senate seat on an interim basis. The name of former Governor Michael Dukakis had been floated as a possible replacement, but according to sources on Beacon Hill, Kirk would be […]

  2. jack lord on September 25th, 2009 4:05 pm

    I hope he can be as honest and loyal to the American people as our previous Senator, Kennedy!!!

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